1915-S $10 MS (PCGS# 8879)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4562
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1915-S Indian Eagle. MS-66 (PCGS). Secure Holder. One of the more difficult issues to find in high grade, especially so at this grade level. The surfaces display deep, swirling luster and are richly toned in orange-gold with a strong blend of yellow-gold. The strike is sharp as usually encountered for this issue. Only a couple of minute nicks can be found on the obverse. The reverse has one single nick hidden on the eagle, which lies in a roughly vertical alignment on the eagle's outer wing near the center of the reverse, and this is mentioned for identification purposes only.<br />
The mintage of 59,000 pieces was greatly reduced by the gold meltings of the 1930s. Perhaps 750 to 1,000 exist today -- one third of this number can claim a Mint State grade of those. At the Gem level or finer this is the sixth rarest date and mint in the 32 coin series, and one of the more challenging issues to find in such a lofty state of preservation. Combining the information from both PCGS and NGC there are two grading events at the MS-66 level, and two more at the MS-67 level of this date and mint. Even Gems are elusive as only nine grading events are recorded between the services at the MS-65 level. This example is Condition Census quality and a spectacular coin for the connoisseur to acquire.